CinÉireann Issue 9 - Page 7

Half-Light Post Production, Cork City’s only independent purpose built post production facility, has unveiled recent development works which were carried out in order to cater for the studio’s continued growth and the demand for high end post production services for the film and television industry in Cork and further afield in Munster. In addition to the existing audio post production studio, Half-Light is now providing premium picture edit and colour grade facilities.

The company, which provides television and film producers with a full range of post production services, was first established in 2009 by Cork-man Conor Barron, who holds an MA in Music Technology from the University of Limerick, and prior to establishing Half-Light was a sound and music production education specialist for Apple in Bristol, UK. New additions to the facility, located in Cork City’s Marina Commercial Park, include a Colour Grade Suite, Edit Suite, 5.1 Mix Room, ADR Studio, Voice Over Booth, and a sound proof and acoustically treated Green Screen Sound Booth for filming piece-to-camera with superior sound quality. The combination of these facilities make it the first “all in one” post production house in Munster.

"It’s fantastic to see Half-Light grow, and as we near our 10th birthday, we are delighted to now offer a full range of production services, having spent the last 12 months on R&D to get it just right. Creating and developing a high end facility and service was extremely important when developing our studio, and we are really seeing the results of this with a high calibre of return clients.

As well as that, it was important for us that those working in film and television in the region didn’t have to make the trek outside of Munster to avail of these types of post production services. We have so much talent in the film and television industry here in the south of the country and it’s a very exciting time for the sector."

- Conor Barron, CEO - Half-Light

In this expansion phase of the business, Half-Light has received the support of Film in Cork, which provides production, location and training support services to those working in film, television, and animation in Cork.

The development of Half-Light is a very positive addition to the film and television industry here in Cork. Having a purpose-built facility in the city will open many more opportunities to grow and develop Cork’s talent pool in the sector. Conor has created a fantastic new facility and we wish him every success as he expands the range of services at Half-Light.

Rossa Mullin - Film in Cork

Half-Light’s team consists of some of the best and most experienced creative talent in the region, and works with clients on an international, national and local level including RTÉ, Marvel Television, Walt Disney Pictures, BBC One, BBC Earth, and Cork projects such as The Young Offenders.

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CinÉireann / Issue 9 7

Finalists for the National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy have been revealed, celebrating the practical application of preservation tools to protect at-risk digital objects. Ireland is represented in the final four by the Irish Film Institute Archive team, led by Kasandra O'Connell.

The prestigious Digital Preservation Awards are a world-wide celebration of significant and state-of-the-art contributions to securing our digital legacy. This year the exciting process will culminate in a spectacular awards ceremony in Amsterdam, as part of an International Conference hosted by the Dutch Digital Heritage Network and the Amsterdam Museum on World Digital Preservation Day on Thursday 29th November 2018.

Finalists for The National Archives Award for Safeguarding the Digital Legacy are:

> IFI Open Source tools: IFIscripts/ Loopline project, IFI Irish Film Archive

> Cloud-Enabled Preservation of Life in the 20th Century White House, White House Historical Association Digital Library

> Design, Deliver, Embed: Establishing Digital Transfer in Parliament, UK Parliamentary Archives

> Local Authority Digital Preservation Consortium: Dorset History Centre, West Sussex Records Office, Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre

The judges also offered a special commendation to the GI Press Collection.

"This award embodies the very essence of digital preservation. All three finalists have challenged threats to our digital estate and are saving important digital collections which might otherwise have been lost."

- John Sheridan of The National Archives (UK)

Winners will be announced at the Digital Preservation Awards ceremony at the Amsterdam Museum on World Digital Preservation Day.